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Do I need to close the coop door at night?

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My husband and I have been faithfully opening and closing the chicken coop door every night. Their coop door is in their run so it would be very difficult for something to get to the door. Is it necessary that we continue to do this? Or is it ok to leave it open because of it being surrounded by the run? An automatic door is looking better and better!

Jennifer

~ Sometimes all that stands between you and the ride of a lifetime is simply getting in the saddle and seeing what you're made of.
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Jennifer

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post #2 of 12

I would.   You never know what may get into their run during the night.   Just to keep them safe.  thumbsup

mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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post #3 of 12

http://www.foyspigeonsupplies.com/catalog/2100-2107.html

I
can't tell you how wonderful this product is!!!  We've been using it now for a year and it works perfectly.  Don't buy the timer, you won't need it.

I actually have 2 doors that this opener operates.  We have the coop door and a door on the run.  By using pulleys, 1 motor will easily open both doors.  Every morning the coop door opens at dawn as well as the their run door because my flock free ranges all day.  At night everything closes up.  It allows me to sleep late or get home late or even go away overnight and the system is automated.  If you plan on keeping chickens for a few years - this is a MUST HAVE investment!

As far as the coop door closing at night, YES you should close it up tight.  Better safe than sorry!  I believe my run is like Fort Knox, but I still make sure the doors are closed to the coop at night.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys! I just wanted reassurance that I should keep up my security measures. I will absolutely look into the automatic door.

Jennifer

~ Sometimes all that stands between you and the ride of a lifetime is simply getting in the saddle and seeing what you're made of.
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Jennifer

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Originally Posted by Rustic Chicken 

An automatic door is looking better and better!


AMEN!! I don't have one, but I am tired of going out and getting spooked by the yucky earwigs hanging out all over the pen!! I hate going through the door of the pen, with the thought of the nasty things dropping on me!!

A wife to 1 (good thing ~ right!!) Homeschooling Mom to four (boy 9, girl 7, boy 5, girl 2)  New Arrivals, 8/30/2010:   2 Buff Orpington's, 2 Black Australorps, and 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes!! & We have an 8 yr. old Cocker Spaniel, being naughty and barking at my chickens if they flap thier wings...aarrgh!!!   www.hangartnerhouse.blogspot.com
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A wife to 1 (good thing ~ right!!) Homeschooling Mom to four (boy 9, girl 7, boy 5, girl 2)  New Arrivals, 8/30/2010:   2 Buff Orpington's, 2 Black Australorps, and 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes!! & We have an 8 yr. old Cocker Spaniel, being naughty and barking at my chickens if they flap thier wings...aarrgh!!!   www.hangartnerhouse.blogspot.com
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post #6 of 12

This summer it was VERY hot here. I had been leaving the coop doors open, even though the run was fenced in.  I was awakened in the middle of the night hearing a hen go screaming across the backyard. I thought I was dreaming, cause they were fenced in. Anyway, I got up and went down to check. I found a possum IN THE COOP eating 2 of my baby chicks  ep  I found the Momma hen in a corner behind the coop with the last point of her comb bitten off. Henrietta, anothere hen, was the one I heard running through the backyard. BTW, it was 4:00 in the morning.
So Yes, close the door (s). I never thought it would happen to me, but everyone said it WILL happen to you, sooner or later.

Jen

Mother to 1 son, 1 cat 20 1/2, two cats, Barnevelder, Welsummer, Lt Brahma, BO, , Dominique, BC Marans, White Rock, BR, Americauna, Cochin, RIRs, and 3 BJG Xs
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will  hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  II Chronicles 7: 14
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Mother to 1 son, 1 cat 20 1/2, two cats, Barnevelder, Welsummer, Lt Brahma, BO, , Dominique, BC Marans, White Rock, BR, Americauna, Cochin, RIRs, and 3 BJG Xs
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will  hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  II Chronicles 7: 14
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post #7 of 12

Everything out there loves chicken to go. They can smell them a mile away and come running. Be safe and close the door.

Rainbow eggs and self sufficiency.

DH 43 yrs, DS 40, 2 cats Bitsey & Snuggles, & 18 hens, leghorns, Cuckoo marans, EE, Ameraucanas,Golden comets, Polish, Welsummer & then my silkie rooster Pretty Boy.
This is the day that the Lord has made.-- Psalm 118:24   Wherever you go... there you are.--Dr.Who.

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Rainbow eggs and self sufficiency.

DH 43 yrs, DS 40, 2 cats Bitsey & Snuggles, & 18 hens, leghorns, Cuckoo marans, EE, Ameraucanas,Golden comets, Polish, Welsummer & then my silkie rooster Pretty Boy.
This is the day that the Lord has made.-- Psalm 118:24   Wherever you go... there you are.--Dr.Who.

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post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by jennh 

This summer it was VERY hot here. I had been leaving the coop doors open, even though the run was fenced in.  I was awakened in the middle of the night hearing a hen go screaming across the backyard. I thought I was dreaming, cause they were fenced in. Anyway, I got up and went down to check. I found a possum IN THE COOP eating 2 of my baby chicks  ep  I found the Momma hen in a corner behind the coop with the last point of her comb bitten off. Henrietta, anothere hen, was the one I heard running through the backyard. BTW, it was 4:00 in the morning.
So Yes, close the door (s). I never thought it would happen to me, but everyone said it WILL happen to you, sooner or later.

Jen


So sorry that happened!  When we have the hot nights, I leave the big coop door open.  My husband made a "screen door" out of a sturdy frame with hardware cloth.  I install that into the opening on hot nights and it's like they have another window.  It's worked well for me so far - nothing has penetrated the run  - YET.  (OK - not counting the bear cub that went through the chicken's run door and ate all their food in broad daylight!)

post #9 of 12

Yes.  Please close the coop door at night.  Please continue to protect your loved animals.

NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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Originally Posted by TipsyDog 
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Originally Posted by jennh 

This summer it was VERY hot here. I had been leaving the coop doors open, even though the run was fenced in.  I was awakened in the middle of the night hearing a hen go screaming across the backyard. I thought I was dreaming, cause they were fenced in. Anyway, I got up and went down to check. I found a possum IN THE COOP eating 2 of my baby chicks  ep  I found the Momma hen in a corner behind the coop with the last point of her comb bitten off. Henrietta, anothere hen, was the one I heard running through the backyard. BTW, it was 4:00 in the morning.
So Yes, close the door (s). I never thought it would happen to me, but everyone said it WILL happen to you, sooner or later.

Jen


So sorry that happened!  When we have the hot nights, I leave the big coop door open.  My husband made a "screen door" out of a sturdy frame with hardware cloth.  I install that into the opening on hot nights and it's like they have another window.  It's worked well for me so far - nothing has penetrated the run  - YET.  (OK - not counting the bear cub that went through the chicken's run door and ate all their food in broad daylight!)


Hi!  That's exactly what I plan on doing for next summer. First off, I'm getting TWO   automatic coop door openers for both my doors. Then I'm going to use plexiglass (I think) in the winter, and replace that with hardware cloth for the summer.

Jen

Mother to 1 son, 1 cat 20 1/2, two cats, Barnevelder, Welsummer, Lt Brahma, BO, , Dominique, BC Marans, White Rock, BR, Americauna, Cochin, RIRs, and 3 BJG Xs
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will  hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  II Chronicles 7: 14
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Mother to 1 son, 1 cat 20 1/2, two cats, Barnevelder, Welsummer, Lt Brahma, BO, , Dominique, BC Marans, White Rock, BR, Americauna, Cochin, RIRs, and 3 BJG Xs
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will  hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  II Chronicles 7: 14
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